Ambar Narayan

Senior Economist in the Poverty Reduction and Equity group of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network of the World Bank

Ambar Narayan is a Senior Economist in the Poverty Reduction and Equity group of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network of the World Bank. After joining the Bank in 2000, he has been engaged in operations, policy advice and analytical activities of the Bank in a number of countries, including Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Indonesia and Dominican Republic.

He has worked primarily on microeconomic aspects of development, on topics such as poverty and distributional analysis, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs, public expenditures and social safety nets. He has also led or participated in assessments of the economic impact of natural disasters and emergency post-disaster projects in three South Asia countries. He was one of the lead authors of World Bank Poverty Assessment reports for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, has co-edited a volume on poverty in Bangladesh, and published articles in edited volumes and journals on topics such as political decentralisation, safety net programs and the intra-household externality of education.

His current work focuses on analyzing the distributional impacts of macroeconomic shocks and policies, and evaluating the impacts of governance and institutional reforms in developing countries. He holds Masters degrees in Economics from Delhi School of Economics and Brown University, and a PhD in Economics from Brown University.

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